Y’know how there are sham­poos which are 2-in-1, or those com­bined body/hair/facewashes? Dr Duck’s Ax Wax is kind of like that. An all-inclusive, self-proclaimed ‘mar­vel mys­tery oil of the gui­tar indus­try,’ it pro­tects your fin­ish, mois­turises your fret­board, cleans your strings and lubes up the string con­tact points. And it does it all with­out any wax, abra­sives, sil­i­cones, syn­thet­ics or acids. What the hell is this stuff? Don’t know. Dr Duck’s secret.
Ax Wax comes in a 4oz bot­tle with an appli­ca­tor flip top cap. All you need is a pol­ish­ing cloth to get going. Here are just some of the ways you can use it.

Sim­ply put a few drops of Ax Wax on an appli­ca­tor patch, spread it around, let it set for two min­utes then buff with an appro­pri­ate cloth. Ax Wax does not dry, so if it still appears wet or if it feels sticky to the touch, just give it a lit­tle more elbow grease. It doesn’t tint or stain the fin­ish, and it seems gen­tle enough to use on most fin­ishes. You can use it on the entire gui­tar, includ­ing metal parts such as pickup cov­ers and tun­ing keys, and on plas­tic parts such as pick guards and elec­tron­ics cav­ity covers.

Dr Duck rec­om­mends clean­ing around the frets with a tooth brush prior to using Ax Wax on your fret­board. Once you’ve done that, the pro­ce­dure is much the same as for the body. Just buff it out with an all-cotton pol­ish­ing cloth after­wards. This will clean the fret­board itself as well as the frets.

Dr Duck rec­om­mends treat­ing strings with Ax Wax imme­di­ately after putting on a fresh set, to pro­long their life to almost as long as that of treated strings while retain­ing the nat­ural tone of untreated strings. It can also be used on strings that have started to go dead, or if they’ve gone squeaky.

You can also use Ax Wax to increase the effi­ciency of string con­tact points — ie: the bridge sad­des, the nut, or a Bigsby roller bar. Lube these points up with a small cloth or a Q-Tip and you’ll decrease the fric­tion at these loca­tions when the string moves. This is invalu­able for help­ing a Bigsby return to per­fect pitch, or for those who per­form behind-the-nut bends on a Tele­caster, or for those who use light strings, but it’s some­thing which can ben­e­fit any gui­tar player.

Floyd Rose feel creaky? Fine tuners not turn­ing like they should? Tun­ing keys stick­ing? Apply some Ax Wax to these areas with a Q-Tip to increase their effi­ciency. Your Floyd will get its flut­ter back. This is a crim­i­nally over­looked aspect of proper gui­tar main­te­nance — how many play­ers even stop to think about lubri­cat­ing their tremolo posts? But due to its all-in-one nature, Ax Wax allows you to take care of this cru­cial step while you’re pol­ish­ing your fin­ish, con­di­tion­ing your fret­board, clean­ing your strings and buff­ing your metal bits.

There’s really noth­ing Ax Wax can’t do when it comes to clean­ing or lub­ing your gui­tar. And not to sound all ‘infomer­cial seg­ment on morn­ing TV’ but it really does take the place of half a dozen dif­fer­ent prod­ucts, it’s inex­pen­sive and most impor­tantly of all, it works.

By Peter Hodgson

RRP: $15
Dis­trib­u­tor: Inter­mu­sic Dis­tri­b­u­tion
Phone: (03) 9765 6565
Web­site: www.imd.com.au

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